tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-84554688438335250662023-01-29T13:46:27.244-05:00Multilitteratus IncognitusPondering what my next degree should be 😂Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.comBlogger961125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-21910419106518634662023-01-29T13:45:00.005-05:002023-01-29T13:46:24.663-05:00ChatGPT Poetry JamI thought I'd post a little comic relief before the week begins.  I decided to play a little bit with ChatGPT this week as well as DALL-E. I've been thinking about AI in Education, connected with an upcoming project, and I was thinking about the history of the pondering and discourse around AIEd.My goal here was to see what ChatGPT does when it is presented with prompts to produce something in a Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-47340534442988439912023-01-22T16:54:00.003-05:002023-01-22T16:54:52.135-05:00A look back to 2022 - Part VThis is Part V of V of a look back to 2022. The first part discussed peer review requests in 2022, and the second part discussed professional development more broadly.  The third part branched off a bit from the second part, discussing professional development a bit more from an academic development frame.  The fourth part reflected a bit on research and publishing. Concluding this look back at Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-63038850984003262742023-01-18T17:30:00.001-05:002023-01-18T17:30:00.201-05:00A look back to 2022 - Part IVThis is Part IV of V of a look back to 2022. I know, my blogging is lacking a bit of urgency LOL 😂.The first part discussed peer review requests in 2022, and the second part discussed professional development more broadly.  The third part branched off a bit from the second part, discussing professional development a bit more from an academic development frame.  Continuing with that academic Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-26383922867788081732023-01-09T16:54:00.003-05:002023-01-09T16:54:31.828-05:00A look back to 2022 - Part IIIThis is part III of V of a look back at 2022. The first part discussed peer review requests in 2022, and the second part discussed professional development more broadly.  As I was pondering professional development, a branch from that thread started vining out and sort of developing in my mind as related to, but distinct from, professional development.  Thus, part III will be dealing with...Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-79131048878526847402023-01-05T13:18:00.001-05:002023-01-05T13:18:00.229-05:00A look back at 2022 - Part IIThis is part II of V of a look back to 2022. The first part of this series did a bit of reflecting on professional expectations in the form of peer review requests that I received in 2022. This next section is all about retooling, pondering, and...Figuring out what PD means for meI think that 2022 was really about recovering from my doctoral work. I completed my defense in July 2021, and all Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-50702275240389964582023-01-02T13:27:00.015-05:002023-01-02T13:27:00.203-05:00A look back at 2022 - Part I Happy New Year fellow learners and ponderererers (that's spelled right, right? 😜)Looking back, 2022 seems like an academic blur. I know that lots of things happened, and I've jotted all of them down on a notepad so I can add them to my CV as some point in the future, but as I look back five distinct threads (points of pondering) come up as trends that emerged, or became more clear, in 2022. As Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-24358399035034989822022-12-18T13:23:00.001-05:002022-12-18T13:24:07.465-05:00My semester on FutureLearnIt's the end of the year, and the end of the term, so I look back at my own learning this past fall semester. This fall, I decided to revisit FutureLearn.  Over the past few years (since 2018ish?) I've been signing up for FutureLearn courses so that I can have them in my queue (in case they disappear). I guess I was optimistic in 2019...and 2020...and 2021 that I would get to these, so the queue Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-31305154487612624792022-10-31T16:24:00.002-04:002022-10-31T16:24:43.484-04:00Sticking with the fail whale... for now A lot of digital ink has been used up in the past few days with Elon's purchase of the big blue bird, both in blogs and Twitter itself, and news outlets (not that I think of it) To be fair, it is a little concerning when your social network changes hands, but then again other things are concerning in the land of social media (where "you're the product"), like most social media ownership, privacyApostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-35605919391927491762022-09-16T14:03:00.001-04:002022-09-16T14:03:41.535-04:00An Alt-Ac's publishing dilemmaA couple of blog posts ago I was pondering my dilemmas about peer reviewing as an alt-ac. This week I've been pondering actual publishing as an alt-ac.  Here's how my pondering started (after a long couple of weeks at the beginning of the semester)...Given that...As an alt-ac I do not need to have published articles to be promoted in my professional work;As an alc-ac I do not get professional Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-74064473203522911732022-09-01T14:45:00.005-04:002022-09-01T14:45:52.284-04:00Faculty CPD: The View from the Bleachers.This particular post has been in my drafts folder for a while now.  The post started off as some ponderings, based on tweets from fellow instructional designers (over the summer), that lamented the fact that faculty members really didn't attend professional development opportunities that they had worked so hard to put together. With the start of the new academic year just ahead of us (at least Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-76143816100505629962022-08-27T13:30:00.004-04:002022-08-27T13:30:00.210-04:00An Alt-Ac's Peer Review DilemmaChoose your DestinyOver the past month or so, IHE has published a few opinion pieces about the issues with academic peer reviews; specifically that there is a bit of a dearth of peer reviewers which is holding up the publication of papers.  For lack of a better way of explaining this, it sounds to me that older academics who write these pieces (who had privileges that current-day academics don't)Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-4058700859875183742022-08-11T11:57:00.000-04:002022-08-11T11:57:05.531-04:00ID finds a Monkey paw and a Djinn lamp, what happens next will shock you!Maybe I shouldn't take the bait, but I guess I couldn't leave this one alone either 😂.  I might as well have a little fun with a clickbait-style title for this post 🤣. Reading IHE and JK feels like it's bad for my mental health. Anyway, instead of rage-writing, I thought I would expand a bit on his arguments.  JK, over at IHE is opining again about things. This time it's a reaction to the Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-38222074977094359362022-08-05T11:10:00.002-04:002022-08-05T18:14:41.220-04:00Please stop fetishizing the campus... This grew out of a response on Facebook to an IHE column by Josh Kim recently posted, titled 10 Inconsistent Ways That I Am Thinking About the Future of Academic Work. I was content with leaving this response as a social media reaction, but I was prompted and prodded a bit to clean it up a bit and write about it. It seems like I ended up writing more than I intended. Anyway, I am not interested Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-45153389877540650082022-07-19T11:07:00.004-04:002022-07-19T11:07:00.214-04:00Alumni Engagement at the micro-level A while back a tweet caught my eye that really piqued my interest. I don't remember who posted it, but it was responded to by someone I follow with a confirmatory story of their own.  The tweet went something like this:I finished my [graduate] degree x-many years ago. In this time, I have not been contacted by my [alma matter] department to participate on panel discussions, webinars, submit Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-56956424359769477692022-06-28T11:06:00.003-04:002022-06-28T11:06:51.441-04:00When MOOCs turn into Self-Paced eLearning...It is true that, as of this writing, there is much more serious stuff happening in the world today, both in the US and abroad, but this has been percolating in my brain for a while, so I thought I'd jot down some thoughts on one of my favorite topics: the MOOC.Now that I am done with my dissertation, and I've had a little time to rest my brain and refocus on what I want to geek out on, I've Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-85758517691788809812022-05-31T11:52:00.004-04:002022-06-03T10:14:51.450-04:00Graduate Students as OSCQR reviewersIn the beforetimes (summer 2019), I had access to some graduate assistant hours and I needed to find a project for them.  Since this group of graduate assistants was destined to become educators, I thought it would be an interesting idea to train them on the OSCQR rubric and have them be " reviewer 1" and "reviewer 2" on a few course reviews that I wanted to undertake. I took on the role of the Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-24628198195397129992022-05-04T14:33:00.002-04:002022-05-04T14:38:52.184-04:00What Dual Modeing Taught me about Remote Work"I go into the office for collaboration" - the collaboration...I suppose the title should be "some of what I learned...," since I probably can't fit everything in a blog post, but let's begin and see where I end up ;-)  The TL;DR: be careful about the word "choice," while choice is good, you might get results that you didn't expect and are ill-equipped to handle.I follow a Twitter personality whoApostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-26349258943533253762022-03-25T15:59:00.005-04:002022-03-25T15:59:58.693-04:00Dr. Academic Generalist?Puzzle board generalistOver the past few months, this idea has been floating around in my head, but I haven't really found the words to describe my general ponderings, so here goes a freewriting activity that I hope makes sense...July will be the one-year anniversary from whence I passed my dissertation defense (yay!) and became a "doctor"👏 (not the 'damn it Jim!" kind😜).  Over the last few Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-56047557984287104552022-03-04T16:36:00.002-05:002022-03-08T13:59:27.313-05:00Pondering the MOOC post-mortemPhoto by NeONBRAND on UnsplashBack in December, I had an idea: 2022 is the 10 year anniversary since the "year of the MOOC," so why not write something about it? After all, open education and MOOCs are subjects that interest me a lot, still. MOOCs of course go back before 2012, and the year of the MOOC in 2012 was really relevant in North America.  I've seen other proclamations for the year of Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-34612110939442799392021-12-29T15:34:00.001-05:002021-12-29T15:34:19.986-05:00Who moved my cheese?I was reading Twitter the other daaayyy (just picture someone from Letterkenny saying this😜) and I came upon yet another discussion that basically boiled down to online (or remote) versus face-to-face. I made the mistake of reading the replies🙄.  On the one hand, I was hoping that there would be a more nuanced discussion (and to be fair, I did get those types of replies from people I follow), Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-48857499445629252942021-12-06T12:17:00.005-05:002021-12-06T12:17:49.755-05:00Wicked Smaht: ID PD as a branching path and not a ladderIt's a Boston thing...Alright, this blog post has been sitting in my drafts for a while, since I am procrastinating writing that paper on video game preservation (a story for another blog), why no blog?😂.Now that the dissertation is done, and the doctoral degree is completed, I've been spending a little more time observing the ID-sphere on Reddit, Facebook, and Twitter and I have seen a fair Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-51684470948174954952021-10-30T11:59:00.006-04:002021-10-30T18:17:45.140-04:00Pondering the point of publishing as an "alt-ac"Image by Greg Montani from PixabayOkay...okay!  I know, it's only been a couple of months since I defended my dissertation, and it's only been one month since it was totally official and on my transcript, but in thinking about further research I am simultaneously filled with both excitement and dread.  There are some things I want to pull out of my dissertation and polish up for an article, thereApostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-2223259996686986002021-09-29T16:14:00.000-04:002021-09-29T16:14:38.654-04:00Cut the bull: The demise of the Baccalaureate has been greatly exaggerated Courtesy of RedbubbleAfter one-too-many "news" posts on IHE about plagiarism and "rigor" I decided to stop subscribing to IHE's RSS feed.  Idiocies that used to be a comment left in an actual news article (one which you could ignore) now have been promoted as opinion pieces on IHE.  To put it quite simply the junk-to-treasure ratio is now completely off on that site and there is no longer value Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-66221107111592846862021-08-13T15:13:00.003-04:002021-08-21T23:52:30.369-04:00Pondering on counteroffersI don't often get to put on my HR/management/talent development hat, but I came across this interesting tweet this past week that got me thinking.  I started to write a tweet reply to it, but it got too lengthy (so here we are - back in the blog😁). A week or so ago I met with some former colleagues and mentors (folks who've already retired), which also reminded me of the mini scramble when I Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8455468843833525066.post-71166831154842148212021-08-10T09:42:00.003-04:002021-08-10T09:42:39.518-04:00Coming out of the caveI am sure there are other metaphors out there but emerging from the monastic cave seemed to be the first metaphor that came to mind.  Apparently, it's common, because there is a meme for it! Maybe Laura Gibbs can suggest other folklore tales and metaphors that are not cave-based 😄.In any case, this past week I've been thinking: How does one get re-inducted into their various social networks Apostolos K. ("AK")http://www.blogger.com/profile/02198465120131968928noreply@blogger.com0